Christmas Dinner and Wassail

advent calendarThe 21st is a plate full of Christmas dinner (bottom centre), along with the fact that a wealthy family’s Christmas table  in Victorian Britain would have been overflowing with treats including beef, venison and hare whilst poorer families would have paid into a Goose Club all year just to be able to afford their Christmas lunch.advent calendar  The 22nd is a punch bowl full of Wassail (in front of the fireplace to right) a hot mulled cider that got its name from the Saxon toast of ‘waes hael’ meaning be well.  When I lived in Hampshire the village had a big Wassail celebration in the first week of January but I haven’t come across it again since moving up to Northamptonshire.

Marie

 

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